Monday, October 19, 2009

Her Royal Duchess

A picture I did for a good friend's birthday. She loves her Duchess. Duchess is not sad. It's simply the way she is.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


Here's a little peek at the rough boards I did for The Bronson Maneuver. Being a lazy bum, I take lots of shortcuts hoping that I simply got the idea across to the rest of the crew. Please excuse the general unsexiness of these images!!! Hahahaha.

If you've already seen The Bronson Maneuver, you'll notice the ending in the storyreel is a little bit different from what was in the final product. Though I'd like to say that we were mature enough to realize that the bloody ending was pure indulgence in the end, it really came down to the fact that the deadline for the CGSociety Challenge loomed a little too close for comfort. In terms of making creative decisions, I admit it felt like a compromise of our 'VISIONARY GENIUS!' We actually told ourselves that we would go back and make our lofty 'uncompromised' version.

We finished our contest entry in time. And perhaps it was due to fatigue or plain laziness, but we no longer felt any need to go back and pull a 'special edition.' The four of us were all very content with what we'd done.

So, no blood.


Maximum Grace

A piece I did in Photoshop for a friend who loves her kitty-cat oh-so much. It's currently her background image on her PS3!

Friday, September 11, 2009

"The name is Bronson... Clifford Bronson."

A little more than a year ago, a bunch of friends and I got together to produce an animated short for a yearly CGSociety competition. The theme that year was 'Alien & Human Relations" and we produced Coffee Break for which we received 2nd place in the Team Video category as well as a recognition for animation.

Just last night, our team (compacted to 4 members from the 11 that worked on Coffee reak) put the finishing touches on this year's CGSociety competition entry.

The theme: Secret Agent. A genre that has been mined to death any way you look at it. Only the most foolish of FOOLS would dare think that they could bring anything new to it! ... but maaaaybe WE could be the ones to do it!

I humbly present to you, The Bronson Maneuver.

The Bronson Maneuver - Theatrical Teaser from Mike McCain on Vimeo.

The Bronson Maneuver from Mike McCain on Vimeo.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

"I'm gonna show you God does exeeeist!"

(cue righteous guitar solo)

And that is as religious as my blog will ever get.

CON AIR. That is all.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Bustin' Makes Me Feel Good

Here's another in my series of CHUDicatures. CHUD member Greg Clark requested an image of himself as a Ghostbuster (one of his most favorite films) based off a photo he posted in the Chewervision thread. Here is that photo.

And here is the result.

I think the image is funnier the more familiar you are with the film. I tried to make the ladies come across as ghosts, but I've been told that this idea did not come across clearly. In that regard, I failed. Better luck next time!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


Chances are if you ever see me using a computer, I'll surely have two things open. My Gmail and CHUD (Cinematic Happenings Under Development) is my favorite movie news site. It's not really for the news because that stuff is everywhere. It's the writers and their commentary for each bit of news that keep me coming back there.

Over a year ago, I finally started posting regularly on their message boards. Since it's a movie news site, you'd think that people would mostly discuss... movies? This isn't actually the case. Its membership loves to talk about lots and lots of whatever. The community is also close-knit enough that they have lots of inside jokes and also post images of themselves in a thread called Chewervision 2D.

It's from this thread, I started doing caricatures of several members. I did them to pass the time for fun and posted them in the thread. Unexpectedly, it took off. People really liked seeing themselves represented by my doodles. So I also began taking requests. They are of varying quality. But I'd like to think that I've improved steadily by just drawing constantly. This is the most recent one I posted.

I can't say that I have a definitive style. Sometimes, I do a fairly realistic rendering of a person. And then I'll do a much more cartoony version on a whim. I don't think I've found the ideal balance yet, but it's been fun trying to look for it.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Beginning is the End is the Beginning

I swore years ago that I'd never be one of those silly people who start blogging. I was also someone who despised cell phones and never thought I'd use something like Facebook or Twitter. I make use of all of those things now. I'd like to think that I'm using them in a very limited to moderate capacity, but I can't deny that I'm no different from anyone else.

As you can plainly see, my so-called ideals and convictions are fluid (read: weak). Nevertheless, I still have to try to put up a front of a guy who thinks he's above it all. That's why I'm not going to use this blog to write about random things. I'm going to use it as a place to compile the rough sketching I've been doing on cigarette carton cardboard along with the short video projects I do with my friends once in a while.

Basically, a portfolio website! Because I simply cannot be bothered to make an actual website (read: dunno how!)!

Thank you for putting up with my snark. Let's begin.